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CHAP GOH MEI, A 2000 YEARS HISTORY
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CHAP GOH MEI, A 2000 YEARS HISTORY

Tonight head to the Thean Hou Temple. You will see crowds of devotees slowly, walking through the fragant veil of incense smoke, coins tinkling,… the countdown has begun, soon an explosion of fireworks will light up the sky. Garlands of red lampions have been stretched all the way to the top of the hill. Pilgrims bring tiny, pink water lily shaped candles or rush to the feet of the Goddess of Mercy.
This is the 15th and last night of the first month of the Chinese calendar, the exact meaning of these three words, Chap Goh Mei. A few groups of women follow another tradition : on this special evening, being outdoors, even just walking with friends or going to the temple, is said to keep “a hundred illenesses“ at bay. Chap Goh Mei also encapsulates Valentine’s day and makes sure singles get a chance to shine. Young women dress up, write their name and phone number on a mandarin, which they then throw in the air… To know more, read the full story in The Guide (p.110). You don’t have your copy yet? Then send us an email to : alexandra@klismine.com.

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